Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach Penne Pasta

March 11, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

One of my favorite dishes at Giacomo's, our favorite Italian restaurant in Boston's North End, is an addicting butternut squash ravioli served with a mascarpone cream sauce and asparagus. I was really inspired by the butternut squash and pasta pairing, but wanted to lighten things up a bit, so I made a sauce of roasted butternut squash, spinach, buttermilk, and rosemary, and then tossed it with whole wheat pasta. —Kerstin

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400?F. Dip a pastry brush in olive oil and evenly brush flesh side of the squash halves; place flesh side down on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400?F for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender. Let squash cool for 10 minutes. Remove flesh from the squash halves with a spoon and mash with a fork until smooth (my yield was 2 cups).
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta in a colander, return it to the pot, and keep warm.
  3. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet and cook shallots for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and cook 1 additional minute. Add spinach and roasted mashed butternut squash to the pan. Stir in buttermilk, milk, rosemary, and salt and stir until smooth, about 2 minutes. Mix pasta and sauce until the sauce evenly coats all the ingredients. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over each serving. Makes 6 servings.
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7 Reviews

Jlau January 2, 2020
I was shocked at how flavorless this was. Bland and boring. Could easily be better.
Debra L. January 28, 2019
I like this very much,I made it Tonite.
Kstanley October 14, 2018
This was very tasty we had it last night.
Kstanley October 10, 2018
I'm going to try this recipe tonight. Looks delicious!!
arielleclementine March 19, 2010
thanks! i'm sure i will- it looks just lovely :)
arielleclementine March 18, 2010
this looks beautiful! congrats on the 'editor's pick' designation!
Kerstin March 19, 2010
Thanks so much - I saw that you signed up to test it and hope you enjoy it!